BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a fourth-place finish and its second-lowest point total over the last 10 years at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship last fall, the Babson College men's cross country team is looking to continue its recent success in 2014.
The Beavers, who have finished fifth or better in each of the last five years at the conference meet, return seven letterwinners from a team that won three events last fall. Leading the way for the Green and White is senior Mark Gulesian (Miami, Fla.), who won three of his first four races and finished inside the top 12 in five of his six meets as a junior. A 2011 all-league and 2012 all-region honoree, he holds five of the program's top-10 8k times and has a chance to become just the sixth runner in school history to earn multiple all-conference awards this fall.
Junior Ian MacLean (South Hamilton, Mass.) is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign that included one victory and four top-15 finishes in seven events. He posted the best time of his career at the NEWMAC Championship and missed making the all-conference team by just three-tenths of a second. Sophomore Will Nemeth (Coplay, Pa.) also had a strong rookie season, posting his two best times of the fall in squad's final two events.
Juniors Brian Hickey (Loudonville, N.Y.) and Chris deLeon (Princeton, N.J.) and sophomores Tim Hatzopoulos (Park Ridge, Ill.) and Kevin Jang (Basking Ridge, N.J.) will all be asked to contribute to the team's success after losing three seniors to graduation.
Head coach Russ Brennen, who begins his 11th season at the helm, welcomes six first-year harriers to the program. "We are looking to build off the success of last season," Brennen stated. "We lost some key runners, but our first-year athletes have done a great job of jumping right in so I am hoping the transition will be a smooth one. With a lot of hard work this season, we are looking to continue to move up the rankings."
The Beavers will open their season at the New England College Mayflower Kickoff for the fourth consecutive season on Friday, August 29. They will also compete at Smith College, the site of this season's NEWMAC Championship, on September 6 and take part in the Purple Valley Classic at Williams College, host of the NCAA New England Championship later in the fall.